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Since we moved to Texas, I’ve been feeling as if I need to up my ante when it comes to sauce recipes. We’ve been busy familiarizing ourselves with our community and the local businesses, many of which happen to be taco restaurants. I think in a 5-mile radius of our home there is one on every other corner (okay, I may be exaggerating a bit..but not much!). The pickiest taste-buds this side of Jupiter live in my home though so I need to do a bit of improvising. I’d love to make dishes that incorporate a sauce that has a ‘Tex-Mex’ flavor, but my family hears ‘Tex-Mex’ and runs for cover.
Then I found a great recipe in a magazine for a Chicken Taco Casserole – but I KNEW I could not prepare it with the given ingredients. I have a lot of practice adapting recipes and figured with some ingredient substitutions and omissions, I could fool my family into thinking this wasn’t a Tex-Mex dish at all.
Making one of my frequent weekly stops at Walmart for a few items, I navigated down the aisle with the salad dressings. I knew for a bit of a twist on flavor, Kraft Pourables Ranch Dressing would pass muster with my crew.
And I saw these double packs, with FREE Real Bacon pieces. Who could pass that up because #FoodDeservesDelicious and ranch dressing + bacon is delicious!
The new Kraft Pourables have been reinvented with a new, better taste! The Classic Ranch is now creamier, with more buttermilk and savory herbs. The Kraft Zesty Italian now has even more herbs and spices! I am looking forward to using the Zesty Italian in my Ravioli and Zucchini Cheese Bake recipe.
If you’re looking for a new spin on a taco casserole here’s my recipe. It still gives you that taco flavor but in a milder dose and with all the cheesy goodness, kids love it. Plus it’s quick and easy to make for a busy school night.
Cheesy Chicken Taco Casserole
4 cups diced cooked chicken breast
1 can condensed cream of cheese soup
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 cup Kraft Pourables Classic Ranch Dressing
1 can Navy Beans, drained
1 envelope taco seasoning mix
5 cups coarsely crushed tortilla chips
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
Stir the chicken, soups, Ranch Dressing, beans and taco seasoning in a large mixing bowl.
Spread half the mixture into the baking pan. Top with 3 cups of the crushed tortilla chips and 1 cup of shredded cheese. Layer with the remaining chicken mixture and top that with the remaining 2 cups of tortilla chips.
Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil, sprinkle with remaining shredded cheese and return to oven. Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is bubbling and beginning to brown.
Look at that cheesy goodness! It’s like nachos to the 10th power!
And even with the additional ingredients and the baking, you can still see the savory herbs from the Kraft Pourables Classic Ranch Dressing.
Plus the buttermilk adds extra creaminess to the sauce recipe and a cool twist to complement the spicy taco seasoning.
How do you use Kraft Pourables Salad Dressing in your meals?